Perhentian island is a beautiful island, but Perhentian Island Challenge 2008 wasn’t an interesting adventure race.
I’m very tired in writing the complaints again, but there was one area that made my partner and I extremely disappointed (so called Amkan!!!)…. Every team was supposed to get their canoe according to their bib number, but our canoe was stolen, wasted 20minutes at the shore and looked at all other participants kayak far away from us. We can’t do anything but just watched and disappointed, there were some other canoes left here, but they were WITHOUT paddle! How could this happen in a race? At the end of the event, no one is disqualified due to taking other’s canoe, the participants broke the rules and the organizer broke the promise.
After getting the paddle and kayaked to the opposite island, we were the 2nd last team who arrived, that means we need to pay extra efforts to compete with those already far in front of us. Eventually we finished in 5:36:27 and fell on 20th position. If we minus the time wasted, we could be at top 15 position. Cash prize for top 15 and medal for top 20 winners, so we thought ‘at least we have a medal as souvenier la’, but who knows that the medal also printed wrongly as ‘ELITE TEAM WOMEN’ instead of ‘ELITE TEAM MIXED’!!!
Sigh…. tired, tired, tired…
Well, what already happened is past; I’m glad that my partner and I remained as a team with high fighting spirit to face the challenges until the end of the event. There are many challenges in life ahead that required us to hand in hand, heart to heart to overcome all of them.